Article written byElite Dental Group
As a person ages, their body changes, and their teeth are no exception. Aging teeth will lose enamel, accumulate stains, and show signs of wear and tear. Additionally, medical conditions and certain medications can take a toll on a person’s oral health.
The following habits can help maintain good oral health and help a person enjoy a beautiful smile while eliminating the hassles of expensive dental procedures.
Gentle brushing – Using stiff-bristled toothbrushes with a lot of pressure can cause damage to teeth while causing gums to recede. Instead, opt for a soft-bristle toothbrush, use gentle pressure in a circular massaging motion for at least 2 minutes.
Prevent dry mouth – Staying hydrated is not only good for a person’s overall health, but it can also benefit their oral health. Saliva is the body’s way of cleaning acid throughout the day. If a person is hydrated, their mouth will make sufficient saliva to clean food, sugars, and bacteria before they can cause damage. The easiest way to stay hydrated is to always carry a water bottle and chew on sugar-free gum if water is not available.
Protect against oral cancer – The risk of oral cancer increases as a person ages therefore a minimum of two oral checkups a year are key for prevention. If you do chew tobacco or smoke it is best to speak to your GP on how you can quit the habit.
Protect your gums – A person’s gums can become sensitive as they age. The best way to reduce sensitivity is to prevent gum disease by maintaining consistent dental clean-ups.
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